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St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison

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very good

567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: joe1510 on 05-11-2009)
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Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, dated 02/03/11 w/ interesting cork entrapment. tasted in early/mid-june 2009.

deep golden honey color. clear if decanted 2 cm. huge 4-finger off-white head. slowly recedes to thin, wispy but constant layer. decent lacing.

aroma: floral and fruity, with pear, apple, and a hint of peach. grassy euro hop meets bready, lightly caramelized malt. spice and gentle to moderate phenols bring up the rear. just a touch of farmhouse character; "cleaner" than i prefer in a saison, but still ok.

taste: floral, fruity and spicy again. a nice combination, though i prefer drier saisons myself. moderate bitterness and phenols too, perhaps more than i prefer, but not too bad. finish is semi-sweet, with drier aftertaste and phenols letting some spice emerge.

medium body, sometimes light, but smooth. touch of astringency near finish.mild to moderate carbonation (tho very active in head formation!). gives creamy feel.

tai4ji2x, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a nice aroma of green hops with a nice floral undertone reminiscent of XX bitter. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral green hops with a dry aftertaste with some nice fruity ester and a solid malt backbone with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with limited filtration and yeast sediment with great carbonation and apparent alcohol. Not the most complex Saison out there but very well done with no brewing flaws and great drinkability factor.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From a corked magnum, on to the beer:

Big billowy soapy looking head on top a burnt goldenrod color. The head retention is good on top. I smell something I don't want, yep, it's plastic. Cool off. Ok, it does some. Light rustic aromas bring back some faith. Bitter citrus as well.

I'm not sure how to feel about this. I get a snap citrus and grapefruit peel. Rustic character is very light. The problem I'm having here is that the overall flavor dries out too quickly, leaving you with the equivalent of rice cakes and a whisker of oddball spice for much of the experience. The liquid inteslf is on the smooth side, with well-placed carbonation that doesn't seem to hit your palate.

Okay in the context of beer overall. But for a Belgian beer, I expected much more.

DoubleJ, May 22, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice saison leaning on a sweet profile.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Simple light cream label with a burgundy typo splash with the style and a drawing of hops. Back label notes main characteristic of style and brew. Shows best by date (08/05/11). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber pour with a rich head, nice retention and good lacing.

S - Sweet and tangy nose with a light fruity range. Some floral hop tones too...

T - Citrus earthiness, a bit of funk, lingering sweetness over a touch of spice. Sweetness permeates throughout with the other flavors pivoting around it. Bitter-sweet touches of hoppiness.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

D - Nice saison on its sweeter side, for the style if feels minimally boring towards its end albeit as part of a very solid experience.

Notes: Nice, and maybe worth the repeat, although it is not something that I will look for actively.

Daniellobo, May 16, 2010
Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-11-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 1PT corked bottle

Appearance: Pours gold with light brown highlights. Plenty of carbonation after the pour provides a nice long, lasting head.

Smell: This beer features an aroma of honey, spices, and grass with additional hints of both fruit and yeast character.

Taste: Very clean and crisp with fruity notes. There is also a taste of both clover honey and lemon present. All of these elements become more pronounced as the beer slowly warms. This beer has a slight yeasty bite and a dry, wine-like finish.

Mouthfeel: High Carbonation. The mouthfeel is thin, but frothy and gently rolls over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable if you like this style. Initially, this beer has a slight tang at the end, but that dissipates as it warms.

Comments: I really enjoyed this beer, but I'm a fan of this particular style. In my opinion this beer is extremely underated and underappreciated.

MarvinSnyder, May 12, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big cork pop and lots of gunsmoke upon opening. Foam tried to gush out the bottle, yet didn't quite make it. Big foam in the tulip glass, sunny yellow, slightly hazed, but I see nothing floating around.

Aroma is squarely in saison territory - lemon zest and a little musty.

Minerals and hints of a sweet malt backbone characterize this saison. I kinda prefer that the malt not dominate in my saisons, even if it's just hinting at sweetness. To me, this fits much more within the biere de garde style. Not bad, yet I'd really prefer this with some food, I think, as some of the complexities here need to be teased out.

Patrick999, May 08, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell of soil, floral scent and quite aromatic. A mouth strongly marked by bitterness and the presence of woody flavor and taste of dried leaves. We also think the juniper berries and is much more stressed than other St. Feuillien. A Season in regional flavor, earthy and strong craftsmanship.

ThaCreep, May 07, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a Chimay goblet

Pours a somewhat clear golden yellow with a fluffy one finger cap that fell pretty quickly. A small collar of foam remains throughout.

The aroma is of white bread, floral hops, clove, green apple skins, and sweet malts. Pretty straightforward.

On the palate its more of the same. Doughy yeast, green apple and flowery hops up front with a dry, crisp, spicy finish. A little bland, nothing really pops.

Light body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a crisp, dry finish.

Very easy to drink, no off flavors and a low abv. A decent example of the style, nothing that blew me away, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down if offered in the future.

ColForbinBC, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours tan with a nice head and a bit of lacing

nose isway too bready for a saison, lacks the spice and fruit character most good ones have in bunches

taste does have some very pleasant sour notes in there, yeasty and spicey toward the end as well, an improvement over the smell.

a good beer, but not a very good example of a classic saison, not enough character.

benclimbs, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this 750 ml bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus, wheat and some light funk. The flavor is corn, wheat, malty sweetness and some light funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber with a soapy white head and some nice, sticky lace.

Nose is very sugary sweet with hints of peaches and some hay. Not much funk surprisingly.

Candi sugar sweetness upfront followed by some spicy, grass, straw, and smooth bitterness aspect giving way to a dry finish. This bitterness isn't of a tingling nature but more of a soft blanket of bitterness.

Carbonation and body are pretty spot on and make this saison an above average one. The carbonation level is more to the medium side and the body is both light and chewy.

Overall the balance and the subtle mix of flavors work well, making this beer worthy even if the taste is not impressive on its own merits.

TheJollyHop, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a very hazy gold color with a very large white head.

S- Somewhat funky and yeasty, some spiciness and clove.

T- Somewhat sweet, with a nice yeasty spiciness, finishes clean, but not at strongly flavored as some of my favorite saisons.

M- After allowig the bottle to breathe, the beer was very nicely carbonated, the bubbles were very small and plentiful, not gassy at all.

D- Very nice, the flavor wasn't as strong, but easy to drink.

cichief, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden orange. (It's unfortunate that US brewers tend to be obsessed with clarity, as nothing catches the light like a hazy beer.) Nose of pineapple, melon, lemon, juniper, and earthy/herbal hops. Flavor is a nice pilsner body with a tangy finish. Hops on the finish with hints of pine.

gyllstromk, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of AccidentalKate
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: If it wasn't for the head, you'd swear you were looking at unfiltered apple cider. Opaque with a hint of deep yellow gold. The head itself is strong, with a slight tan tint. The head is good and bold and lasts for a bit, and leaves a nice bit of belgian lacing.

Smell: Not strong, in fact it could be a little more bold. Malt with a hint of bitter hops in the back. Not subtle, but certainly not overpowering.

Taste: Deep and rich up front, but becomes quickly watery on the finish. One would think that the flavor would last a little longer. The hoppy bitterness is there and partakes in whatever finish is there. Better tasted with a big gulp than a little sip.

Mouthfeel: eh. There's a little zip here, but for being a Belgian brew, I was anticipating more of a party on the tongue. As it is, it's okay, but the watery finish leaves it less than it can be.

Drinkability: This seems an average beer in that it forgetable. Not good enough to instantly recalled when talking about great beers, nor bad enough to draw any harsh criticisms.

AccidentalKate, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden-orange color with some persistent bubble trains observed from the sides of the glass. The head was thin, white in color, and slowly receded to a haze layer and a collar.

S- Crackerlike malt aroma, Belgian yeast aromatics and some non-descript spiciness comprise the majority of the nose. There are some lesser notes of honey and straw present as well.

T- A fine replicate of the nose with a mild bitterness in the finish from (presumably) stale hops. Quite nice.

M- A medium body... adequately attenuated... and a fine spritzy carbonation. Nice for the style.

D- All around good, and quaffable with the relatively low ABV.

jgasparine, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of AdamBsweetwater
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a slightly hazy very light orange with a beautiful dense foam that reminds me of the way most Sierra Nevada foam looks. The meringue floats atop the beer for the entire glass.

S: A very sweet smelling malt aroma is a bit overwhelming for the more delicate flowery hops and peppery esters. I also caught an unexplained whiff of candle wax.

T: Malt sweetness hits you first. I think its a little too high for the style, at least for me. The bready malt is balanced to some degree by a decent bitterness charge. There is a lightly acidic bite but no wild yeast character is detected. This is a pretty hoppy saison complete with flowery, and earthy tones. The finish is minerally and metallic from the high carbonation. Slight diacetyl is present.

M: The mouthfeel is sturdy but characterized by very high carbonation. The cork rocketed out of this one as soon as the cage was removed.

D: While the sweetness and carbonation were a little off-putting for me, I could drink a couple of these just fine.

AdamBsweetwater, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of dino213aa
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although not particularly distinctive, the St Feuillien Saison is a solid example of a saison.. heartier in some ways than other saisons I've tried (i.e. Dupont) there is plenty of wild yeast flavor throughout. This same yeast hangs within this brew's golden haze, further substantiating the hearty mouthfeel. A thin but swirly head persists with minimal lacing.

Not bad, but not as intriguing to me as Ommegeddon. Great if you need a solid example of what a saison should taste like.

dino213aa, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a richly-hued, golden-orange body with a rapidly expansive, long lasting, white head.

Smell: Opening wafts of pale and pils malts with a sweet-smelling aroma of fresh honey braced with ensuing notes of flowers, soft fruits, and a light touch of spice. Some slight phenols are tucked away in there as well.

Taste: Pils and pale maltiness along with, perhaps, some slightly tangy wheat blended in. A big, eye-opening sweetness rockets in with a taste of clover honey and candi sugar. Fleeting fruity hints of white peach and melon juice. As with the nose, there's slight phenolics going on. Flowery, spicy hop character with a light bitterness. The flavor picks up some slight winey notes reminiscent of Riesling upon warming. Drying, effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very well carbonated.

Drinkability: A good saison that's big on sweetness, and, if you're big on saisons that are big on sweetness, then give St. Feuillien Saison a go.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of gfreed
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant saison all around, beginning with a puffy head and a cloudy, orangey iced-tea mass below. Looks very inviting. The aroma is rather scarce: just a bit of flowers and a little citrus, not much more than that. Don't be mislead, however: this is a very tasty saison. Plenty of oranges, lemons; just enough bready flavors to add some thickness to the taste. Dense body, light carbonation. Mildly hoppy with a diminutive, even polite, sting at the end. Not overly aggressive or muscular, just a good, plain saison. Buy several.

gfreed, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty hazy lighter orange color; nice generous finger of soapy white head that holds really well

S - Belgian yeastiness; some citrus fruit; hint of spiciness; some flowery hops

T - Yeasty at first; some fruitiness that tends to be a little acidic and citrusy; some mineral tones; bit of hop kiss at the end

M - Lighter and a little fluffy; pretty aggressive tiny carbonation

D - Nice drinking; some good flavors, and glad that this didn't lean to the sweeter side; bit of an accessible abv let me take down a 750 without much trouble

Good saison, and very enjoyable. Will be picking this up again.

Nickls, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with slight orange tint and a snow white head that retains quite well leaving good lacing.

Nose is somewhat beire de gardeish with that dirty musty malt profile. Euro hops make their presence known mingling with belgian yeast.

Taste actually has a touch of biere de garde in it too, not alot, but some. Mostly big belgian yeast flavor, a decent hoppiness as well as an odd soapy kind of potpourri like note. Almost fruit candy. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is ideal for a saison. Slightly high carbonation and great thin drinkable viscosity, excellent.

Drinkability is pretty good, but that odd soapy character in the taste does hamper it just a bit.

Overall a pleasant saison. Certainly nothing on par with the belgian classics like dupont and fantome, but a good belgian saison nonetheless. Not sure of the aging potential for this one though, as i think some of that slight musty biere de gardeish malt profile might come out stronger, which would not be desireable. Give it a shot, nice beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a St. Feuillien glass.

Light body with a big head. Smell is bready and phenolic. Taste follows the nose. Not nearly as tart as I would like or expect in a saison. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Nothing earth-shattering overall, but a good enough quencher.

BarrelO, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of brewerdrew
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Corsendonk Glass. Very Beautiful strong white head with a bit of a haze which was perfectly acceptable for the style of beer.

The smell is fruity with a slight yeasty bite,

The taste was very clean & crisp with front end fruit notes standardly expected with the Saison style.

All in all a great rendition of Saison. I have had few that match this version.

brewerdrew, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Kraken
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 10/6/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a dogfish head snifter. Soft pour, yields a very nice 3/4 inch of off white head. Head exhibits fantastic staying power. Color is a very cloudy amber yellow.

Nose- Some light European hop. Slightly astringent. Green apple.

Pallate- Very nice. Lemon zest, some peppery spice. Green apple tartness. Very crisp and refreshing, creamy. Lemon zest becomes more prevalent as it warms. Strong yeast presence. Very Good.

Mouthfeel- Very active, tart and a bit dry.

Drinkability- Very Good. Its been to long since my last visit to the style.

Kraken, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Hazy, peachy brown body under a dense head with good retention.

S - Juicy stone fruit, yeasty bread, soft spices, green apples, slight funk, with a slight yogurty, almost lactic, tang.

T - Like many saisons, the taste is so hard to separate from the nose. Yeast electricity, for sure. Lots of stone fruit (think ripe peaches and dried apricots). The finish falls off a bit for me - not as lingering and interesting as I've come to expect from saisons.

M - A bit heavy on the palate. The carbonation is brisk, but the brew is a bit too full-bodied, with a residual presence after swallowing that feels heavy and clumsy.

D - An enjoyable brew to drink, to be sure. But it lacks the depth and layered nuances that I've found in my favorite saisons. I'd drink this brew with a charcuterie plate (like a rustic pork pate!) or with Chinese food. Yes, Chinese food.

vrazionale, Sep 16, 2009
St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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